Mr Jonathan Kidwell > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States

Position

Jonathan Kidwell is a partner in Kirkland’s Environmental Practice. He is recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360 and recommended in The Legal 500 U.S. as “among the most commercial environmental attorneys in the market.” Jonathan’s clients rely on him to identify and manage complex environmental compliance and liability issues, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, financing transactions, real estate investments and bankruptcies. Jonathan has particular experience in the oil and gas, waste management, manufacturing and chemical sectors and his work has included hundreds of successfully closed deals in a wide range of commercial transactions. Jonathan routinely identifies and assesses environmental risks and liabilities, coordinates due diligence, manages consultants and technical experts, drafts and negotiates contracts and agreements, coordinates lender issues, negotiates environmental insurance coverage, coordinates environmental regulatory approvals and pursues resolution of regulatory compliance and environmental liability issues. Jonathan also has substantial experience advising clients on environmental regulatory risks and trends, managing cleanups, permitting and navigating enforcement actions. Through the Practice, Jonathan maintains a worldwide network of environmental consulting and insurance and legal professionals to provide his clients with all necessary resources during or following their transactions.

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2008 cum laude; Yale University, B.A., Political Science, 2002.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

Offering coast-to-coast coverage, Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses one of the biggest environmental transactional practice groups, which handles the environmental aspects of hundreds of successful business transactions year on year. The team is often called upon to provide pre-deal counselling, and assists clients with the allocation and mitigation of environmental risks, indemnity and regulatory issues, crisis management, and environmental disclosures in the context of securities filings. It stands out for its strong track record in high-value and high-profile transactions taking place in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, and is a popular destination for private equity sponsors. Its recent workload includes multi-billion dollar M&A, SPAC and financing deals in an array of environmentally sensitive industries. Based between San Francisco and Houston, Paul Tanaka is the main point of contact in the practice and counsel of choice for several private equity firms and public companies engaged in deals in the renewable energy, oil and gas and infrastructure space. Alexandra Farmer in Washington DC heads up the ESG and impact department, focusing on sustainability and climate- related regulatory requirements. Also in DC, Sara Michaelchuck Webber is noted for M&A and real estate investments, while Stefanie Gitler, who splits her time between DC and Houston, plays a key role in the handling of environmental liabilities in bankruptcy matters. In the Dallas office, Jonathan Kidwell specialises in commercial transactions and bankruptcy matters pertaining to the energy, infrastructure, chemical and mining sectors.